Jochen Hecht was well enough to sign autographs today on his way out of First Niagara Center, but the Sabres forward could do little else.
Hecht, who has been out since suffering a concussion on the second day of training camp, had to take a day off that was "not scheduled," he said.
"He wasn’t doing that well today," coach Lindy Ruff said with a sigh following practice. "We’re just trying to figure some things out. Not to go into detail, but he could be back to full go tomorrow. He’s seeing some people today, and there’s a good chance he can practice again tomorrow."
Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta, meanwhile, added a piece of equipment to make it through practice. The right winger has an infection on his nose that has caused his face to redden and swell up, and he has been forced to attach a full cage to his helmet. He is expected to play Saturday when the Sabres host the Florida Panthers.
"We’re hoping with medication that that’ll go down," Ruff said. "He’s not the prettiest guy right now, but he can still be effective."
To hear the rest of Ruff's chat, including his comments on Jason Pominville, Luke Adam and Thursday's wild 9-8 game between Philadelphia and Winnipeg, click the audio file below.